The idea that all the medical information a healthcare worker needs is
immediately available for free on the Internet is not limited to
hospital administrators, or accrediting agencies.

When I was at the 10th ICML a prestigious researcher proudly told us
that his new institute doesn't have (or need) a library.  The Internet
and personal subscriptions supply all their information needs.  When I
asked for clarification it turns out that they are relying on library
services and electronic resources provided by libraries, just not one
that his institution pays for.

When I pointed out that he was actually using libraries he still didn't
see the need for one at his institute because someone else was paying
for his access and that was all he cared about.

The only place I don't see this attitude is at the small hospitals in
the US affiliated Pacific Islands where a friend and I are setting up
medical libraries.  Having relied only on electronic resources in an
area with limited Internet access, they are grateful for having physical
materials.  We are now working on developing library managers for the
libraries to add to the services they provide.

[Disclaimer]  This is my opinion and not that of my employer, the
hospital, the US Navy, the US DoD, or any other sentient being.

good day,


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-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Mary Hanson
Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 12:22 AM
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Subject: Re: help JCAHO

No there isn't.  "Library" or anything similar cannot be found anywhere
in the JCAHO documents.  Nor, will you find it used in many of the
requirements for the residencies or for the students.  The "24 hours
access to current information" business is the best it gets.  Librarians
know that means someone, somewhere is purchasing and managing  access to
such resources, but the administrators don't seem to realize this.
Mary A. Hanson, M.S.L.
Saint Mary's Health Sciences Library
200 Jefferson SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49503

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>>> "Tylman, Vislava" <[log in to unmask]> 08/17/2010 9:23 AM >>>
But there is no word "library"!

Vislava Tylman, MLS
Goldblatt Medical Library
Cleveland Clinic Florida
2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
Weston, FL 33331
Phone: 954-659-5531
Fax: 954-659-5532 

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On Behalf Of Daley, Christina
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 8:26 AM
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Subject: Re: help JCAHO

Hi Linda
Here you go:

IM.03.01.01 : Knowledge-based information resources are available,
current, and authoritative.
1  The hospital provides access to knowledge-based information resources
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (See also IM.01.01.03, EPs 2 and 6) 
2  The hospital makes cooperative or contractual arrangements with
another institution(s) to provide knowledge-based information resources
that are not available on site.  

IM.01.01.03 : The hospital plans for continuity of its information
management processes.
2 The hospital's plan for managing interruptions to information
processes addresses the following: Scheduled and unscheduled
interruptions of electronic information systems. (See also IM.03.01.01,
EP 1; EM.01.01.01, EP 6) 

6 The hospital implements its plan for managing interruptions to
information processes to maintain access to information needed for
patient care, treatment, and services. (See also IM.03.01.01, EP 1) 

Christina Daley, MLS, MHA
Health Sciences Library at
Lancaster General
555 North Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17604
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-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Linda Jeffery
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 8:17 AM
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Subject: help JCAHO

Is it stated anywhere in the JCAHO manual that a hospital library is

Thanks as always for your help.

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